Album Review: Lana del Rey Born to Die

Album Review: Lana del Rey Born to Die

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Lana del Rey, the beautiful girl with breathy vocals and critics judging and breaking down her every aspect, put out a pretty okay album. Lana del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) has been criticized about her Saturday Night Live performance (described as emotionless and overtly and sadly sexy) and has been surrounded by controversy over the realness of her lips . . . yes . . . her lips. However, this review will disregard the former “problems” people have with her and discuss her musical efforts because, unless she’s killing puppies, that is what matters.
So now that we are ready to analyze LDR’s “Born to Die” album let’s start with the first single released, “Video Games.” A soulful ballad that starts with church bells, orchestral strings, and the soothing sound of harps play an interesting backdrop for the sad situation of a girl who does everything to impress her man with his “favorite sundress” and is overlooked because he’s playing video games, or is distracted by video games herself? It’s hard to know but it’s pretty catchy.
“Radio,” is an interesting and more accurate example of this self proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” where she has “Biggie lines” and old school enunciation. And now that we’ve reviewed the “good” songs on this album let’s just say it all goes nowhere from here.
“Born to Die” doesn’t get any better it just gets listeners sleepy. While listening to this album you hope it reaches a climax, or you find the gem that doesn’t get radioplay, and neither ever happens. Listeners will be disappointed to know that they’ve already heard “the best parts.”
Her unchanging vocals become monotone and soon you are impermeable to her “sexy tone” finding the hip-hop, Kanye-vibe of the beats, more interesting than her lyrical content (no depth there). She lacks believability and she lacks the personality to carry this album and what she’s claiming. This very well could be the problem. Elizabeth Grant is beautiful but that doesn’t make up for her lack of personality and she can’t portray the interesting persona Lana Del Rey is supposed to be.
LDR just doesn’t hit the high you ever want her to (although she claims to with her various references to drugs). She got all dolled up in a glamorous dress went cliff diving and barely made a ripple, it’s the perfect metaphor. She’s a lightweight. Maybe it’s all the cocaine.
Maybe it’s one of those albums that have to grow on you like contagious bacteria.